Why should I take my child to playgroup?

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There are many different types of activities that you can take your children to. One of these are playgroups or toddler groups. They are valuable and a relevant resource that every parent or carer of young children should take advantage of. 

Looking after children under the age of 5 can be one of the most rewarding things anybody can do, however it can also be tiring and make adults feel isolated. Playgroups are a great place to help adults to feel less isolated and they provide a great opportunity to teach children how to socialise. 

There are many benefits of coming along to a play group session. Firstly, it gives you the opportunity for some quality time away from the home where there are always jobs to do! You can take time in a friendly welcoming environment to have a hot drink and make new friends while your child plays safely nearby. Due to this environment it is also a great opportunity for your child to experiment with independence, young children will confidently move away from you to play when they’re ready, safe in the knowledge that you are nearby and not leaving . Children will mix with other children at play group this gives them the ability to start to socialise, to learn to share and make friendships.  As a parent myself messy play was always my worst nightmare and I never wanted to do it at home. However, at play group it is an opportunity for you and your child to enjoy messy play without having to clean it up in your own house! There are also many other activities that you might not normally try, and it is just a welcome change from the toys at home! Spending time with your child at a play group in this way will give you the opportunity for positive interaction and praise which is important for your child’s confidence and self-worth. 

Being a new parent can be difficult at any time and playgroups allow you to socialise with people going through similar situations. A new child can be a huge adjustment. Parents may have stopped working or are staying at home and many parents can feel isolated, scared, and unsupported or just in need of a good chat! Joining a play group can help with these feelings seeing a welcoming face after a bad night, someone to discuss and compare notes with or just have a moan at can be greatly beneficial for all new parents.

In Gibraltar, the Parent and Child Society have been offering playgroups to the community for the last 10 years. The Society offers several different sessions suitable for all children under the age of 5. So, although it could be scary to come along to a new place, we encourage you to take the plunge and come see what we do at our sessions. For all the dates and times of our current sessions please follow us on our Facebook page – Parent and Child Society Gibraltar. @parentandchildsociety 

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

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